|The warp colors look almost baby-like. . but just wait for the black weft. It really changes the effect!|
I wanted to make a set of 6 towels, so I measured 6 yards of warp. My reed was set at 18 ends per inch. This came out to be 50 ends of each color (350 total ends); 300 yards per color. Two skeins of each warp color was more than enough.
|Colors are CW795 Whispering Periwinkle, CW863 Apricot Nectar, CW620 Banana, SW250 Pink Azalea, CW640 Spryte, CW555 Robin Egg Blue, and CW305 Tropical Coral|
According to Judy from Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, the appropriate ratio of length to width for hand towels is 1.67. So, I measured the width of my piece in the loom (18 inches) and multiplied it by 1.67 to arrive at the length of each towel: 30 inches.
|The weft is CW005 Cavern. My loom is a Schacht 36" Mighty Wolf.|
Between each towel I wove a small section in a contrasting color of Cotton Fine in plain weave.
When my piece was off the loom, I washed it and let it dry. Then, I sewed a line of zig-zag stitch along the edge of each towel.
Then, I cut them apart with my handy-dandy rotary cutter (thanks, mom!) and sewed a hem on the ends. I am not much of a sewer and needed some assistance from the mother-in-law, but it was really pretty easy.
The finished towels, after some shrinkage from washing and hemming, are about 17 inches wide by 26 inches long.
|Here are snippets of my 6 different twill patterns|
Thanks to everyone who helped me on this project! Happy weaving!